McDonald's Korea to Cooperate with Prosecution over 'Hamburger Disease' Scandal

Write : 2017-07-10 19:42:09 Update : 2017-07-10 19:51:18

McDonald's Korea to Cooperate with Prosecution over 'Hamburger Disease' Scandal

McDonald's Korea says it will cooperate with the prosecution’s investigation into a claim that a young South Korean girl contracted "hamburger disease" after eating an undercooked hamburger.

In a press release on Monday, the fast food giant said it is taking the incident very seriously and knows the most important issue in the matter is the child recovering her health.

The company also stated it will will actively cooperate with judicial authorities on a potential investigation into the case, and hopes it will help reveal the exact cause of the child’s illness and establish the facts.

McDonald's emphasized the patty inside the hamburger the child ate was not beef, but pork produced in South Korea, and explained it was manufactured in a facility that received a government-issued credible food safety management certificate known as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point(HACCP).

A lawyer for the mother of the four-year-old girl who fell ill, filed a complaint with the prosecution last Wednesday, claiming her daughter contracted hemolytic uremic syndrome(HUS) after eating a Happy Meal set from a McDonald's in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, last September. The lawyer said the girl was diagnosed with severe kidney failure due to the incident. 

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